Going Zero Waste

All things Zero Waste and low waste living. Find out easy ways to recycle, reduce household waste, minimise plastic, packaging and more.  

February 4, 2020

Don't throw your old CDs and DVDs into landfill. They can be recycled into useful products, so think of them as a resource, not as trash. In Australia, recycling extends beyond your bin service. E-waste such as compact discs and DVDs is a perfect example of items that end up in landfill because people are not aware of how to properly recycle them.

October 1, 2019

Planning a party and wondering how to replace balloons with an eco-friendly option? (and yes I'm including a brilliant zero waste alternative to water balloons too!) Here is a huge list of balloon alternatives to make any occasion greener with less trash. Balloons cause many environmental problems including polluting waterways and harming wildlife. They certainly add colour and a fun atmosphere to a party but there are much better ways to do this with a lower impact.

September 24, 2019

The trouble with picnics is that they often come with a lot of pre-packaged food, or food you have prepared wrapped up in cling wrap, which isn’t great for the environment. Here are some ways you can enjoy a plastic free picnic:

September 16, 2019

Make your Halloween zero waste and eco-friendly this year with these great tips that anyone can do. From natural decorations, creative reuse and plastic-free candy, you will wonder why you didn't start doing these before now.

August 31, 2019

Kids are notorious for waste, whether it’s a half-eaten apple or plastic toys that don’t last. For a family, becoming zero waste can be challenging and take time. But, there are lots of things you can do to influence your child’s behaviour and help foster a zero waste lifestyle change. The zero waste movement focuses on the “5 R’s” – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot.

August 22, 2019

Single-use plastic produce bags are a great example of ridiculous and completely unnecessary plastic. You can purchase reusable produce bags but you don't actually need to. This post will give you 14 ways to avoid single-use without spending any money at all.

August 1, 2019

Going zero waste CAN save you money and here is list of budget friendly Zero Waste Swaps that are a cheaper option in the long and short term. Contrary to popular belief, zero waste does not have to be expensive and there are many free and cheap ways to do it that will save you money straight away.

July 26, 2019

Adelaide has lots of fabulous places offering sustainable living workshops and classes on developing your skills to be more self-sufficient while having fun. So if you’ve ever wanted to make more from scratch, try your hand at DIY projects and connect with other like minded people in the community, then these are the BEST places to check out around Adelaide.

May 26, 2019

Here are 19 Plastic Free July Starter kits and Bundles that will help you save money AND begin or refine your efforts for a plastic free, zero waste lifestyle. Plastic free July is a great prompt to start reducing your plastic use permanently and help protect our environment from plastic pollution. If it's your first time, or perhaps you want to make a more sustainable effort this year, here are some fantastic starter kits to help you succeed going plastic free or zero waste for the month of July and be...

April 14, 2019

Looking for your zero waste tribe? You need to check out some of these great zero waste groups on Facebook. Here is a list to get your started including Australian specific zero waste groups and those that are global. Going zero waste, plastic free or just trying to take more steps to living greener can be a lonely journey.  If your friends, family and real life social circle have no interest at all in the zero waste movement, you really need to consider finding your online tribe. There are a few places you...

April 9, 2019

Here are our recent zero waste school supplies that help us be more sustainable every day. You really don't need to make huge purchases at the beginning of the year and only stick to things you really need.  I almost never buy school supplies before the term begins and this year is no different. This is because I'm never totally sure about what we need and I feel like there is too much pressure with all the advertising on what parents supposedly have to buy, and most of it is unnecessary. Here are t...

March 29, 2019

Have you heard about how much weight people have lost when switching to a zero waste lifestyle? They are shopping wholefoods, ditched the junk food, detoxed and are living cleaner then ever, maybe even gone the full vegan. Today I'm going to burst your bubble on this. NO the zero waste lifestyle doesn't result in weight loss and YES it is quite easy to get fatter and while living zero waste, it's happened to me and I'll tell you exactly why!

March 12, 2019

Planning your first trip to a bulk store to shop zero waste can be daunting as a beginner. The first few times I went bulk shopping I felt like a complete idiot, but you don't have to. Here is what to expect when you bulk shop, how to prepare and what to bring with you. It's ridiculously easy once you get the hang of it and a fabulous way to avoid plastic packaging.

March 6, 2019

From food to toys, here are some fabulous ideas for eco party bags at your child's next birthday. If you're planning an eco friendly, zero waste or plastic free kids birthday party you NEED to rethink traditional party bags and consider what eco items you can put in them that are going to excite the kids. This post has some great ideas for package free food and treats, along with sustainable toys and other surprises. There's nothing worse than making a big effort to throw a greener party only to...

March 2, 2019

Making a swap to more compostable items in our everyday lives means less landfill and less recycling. Here are items we use everyday that can be swapped for a compostable option. Whether you are on a journey to zero waste or concerned about the current recycling crisis, there are simple swaps you can make today to produce less waste at home. Many Australians now have access to council green organics kerbside collections and so many households aren't making the most of this great service. Even if you don&...

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